Form' guides way to glory

HOME favourite Davide Formolo claimed the first victory of his short professional career with a stunning ride into La Spezia on the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia yesterday.

The 22-year-old was roared into the port city at the end of a wildly unpredictable 150km stage in which Simon Clarke took over the maglia rosa from Orica GreenEdge teammate Michael Matthews.

Overall race favourite Alberto Contador was left without any teammates in the Astana-led chasing pack but managed to avoid real damage, the Spaniard finishing 22 seconds behind in a group that included Clarke and Team Sky's Richie Port.